क्षीर सागर Kshirsagar or Ksheer Sagar as every one knows is abode of Lord Vishnu, one of the Trinity- Brahma Vishnu and Mahesh. See again he rests on the शेषनाग Sheshnaag. Who is thousand hooded serpent.
Sheshnaag was son of Sage Kashyap & his wife Kadru. कद्रू, She was daughter of Prajapati Daksh प्रजापति दक्ष.
He was eldest son of Kadru & Kashyap. But he was not interested in materialistic world & depressed due to the humiliation of her mother in hands of step mother & cousins. Thus he left this materialistic life, instead choosen bhakti.
what this painting on left depicts? may be Vishnu in कूर्मा Kurma avatar and saving the Prithvi-knowledge from drowning in ocean.
it is also said that prithvi-Earth rests on the hood of Sheshnag. Slightest of tilting may lead to destruction!
Thus LIFE-DUTY Kartavya Dharma of Sheshnag is not easy.
He has to bear the Earth so that Earth remains stable.
I had earlier written a blog on Govardhan pooja
So many centuries has gone but this legend still lives on. Through generation to generations it is passed on till date. So many invaders came to India-Bharat Varsh, they tried to destroy our traditions, later few of them ruled here, forcibly or else converted many into their religion. Still our traditions-legend are alive!
What is harm in keeping our traditions alive? until and unless they don’t harm anyone else- Outsiders, then what’s worry? Why to worry? Let them believe in their legend and let us keep ours- But don’t deny our legend as Myth- Shri Ram is there and he will live forever in India as Maryada Purushottam Raja Ram.
What’s harm in thinking in different way?
Was Krishna started questioning the established authorities-establishment? Where he proposed pooja of a Mountain Govardhan instead of Lord Rain-Indra? thus angered all in system. He became popular among commons, villagers and those who never had their own voices? he fought or voiced against established norms?
There is an episode where Kansa and his army send an Elephant to kill Krishna and Balaram. Quite possible Elephant was not quite healthy state of mind. thus he behaved in horrible manner. Krishna lived and grew up among village-jungle playing with wild animals. He knew tricks, So when Elephant marched ahead as ordered by his Mahaout, Krishna might have signaled something to Elephant and it calmed down. Krishna lived among wild animals too. so he knew how to communicate with them. I can dream whatever I want, so do others-my criticizers!
Krishna also spearheaded for voice of women in society! Yes I Believe so. When he over powered Kaliya Serpent and ordered him to go away, instead of killing him. It was due to the prayer of ladies-female serpents. Later when Krishna came to Mathura, as a protocol a female was sent to attend him. She was Kubja- presumably a women with a bent in her back and not so good looking. This might have been an act to insult Krishna. But Krishna since lived among villagers knew how to treat even common man or women. So he welcomed her and conversed with her politely-respectfully. Thus he gave her a respectful status-among the prying eyes! so She was uplifted as a woman of status, since Krishna accepted to be attended by her. That the other party(Kansa) was not hoping. Later Society in Mathura too saw-treated Kubja with respect.
this is patta chitra from Odisha. so much detailing is done. As we know Kalinga pradesh was cut off for centuries. why i am saying is that even powerfull Maurya-or Magadh rulers were not able to capture Kalinga. As it is learnt that Ashok when came to power he razed a war against Kaling. It was bloodiest war. In end even Ashok-a ruler had given up taking weapons all together! thus in those part also this legend lived on. Jagnnath puri the famous temple is there since many centuries. And legend of Krishna thrived there.
We all know about Chola- Raja Rajendra & Krishna devraya.
If young generation dont know much about Vijayanagar, Hampi, Tanjore etc then it’s fault of our Government and Elders. As many legends we heard from our elders in family. Thus i should also pass it on to younger generation in my family. Chola dynasty is famous for creating grand magnificent Bronze sculptures. Depiction of Krishna & Kaliya Mardan is in Bronze sculpture too. Many kilometers far away from Mathura. Even ruled by separate kings. Then how come legend of Krishna-Kaliya mardan lived in Tanjore, Kaling & Mathura? Spread?
There are various versions of Bronze statues. Later artists tried to copy them. But over all Krishna legend still alive in our Bharat.